Dr Koula Charitonos Ph.D
I am a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University.
My main research interests lie in the field of technology-enhanced learning: How does mobile and digital technology impact on the ways that we communicate, make meaning of our world and learn from our experiences across formal and informal settings?
My research interests include digital cultural heritage learning, citizen-led inquiry, mobile learning, as well as creative, participatory and interdisciplinary (online) pedagogies. I maintain an interest in researching practices emerging from the use of technology. I work in partnership with museums, schools and not-for-profit organisations, mainly with the use of ethnographic approaches, design-based methods as well as innovative methodologies including arts-related research and visual methods.
My current teaching includes educational technology, learning innovation and knowledge creation in alignment with the Leadership in Digital Innovation (LDI) Strategic Objective. I am Academic co-lead of eLearning Community/professional development to support members of staff to engage with colleagues in the process of developing and sharing innovations for teaching. Additionally, I am acting as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education JIME. I am representing the OU in the Connected Learning in Cricis Consortiumthat promotes, coordinates, and supports the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning.
Koula Charitonos is a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology in the Open University.
Her main research interests lie in the field of technology-enhanced learning: How does mobile and digital technology impacton the ways that we communicate, make meaning of our world and learn from our experiences across formal and informal settings?
Her research interests include digital cultural heritage learning, citizen-led inquiry, mobile learning, as well as creative, participatory and interdisciplinary (online) pedagogies. She maintains an interest in researching practices emerging from the use of technology. She works in partnership with museums, schools and non-for-profit organisations, mainly with the use of ethnographic approaches, design-based methods as well as innovative methodologies including arts-related research and visual methods.
More recent research activities include leading the Evaluation of the Frontline Immigration Advice Project. This project began work in February 2018 and is funded by a grant from the Refugee Action. The project is primarily concerned with technology-enhanced professional learning in the not-for-profit sector and will assess the impact of training in organisations and individuals providing immigration advice to migrants and refugees.
Koula Charitonos is a co-I on the Fleming Fund: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance Project that explores how professional learning can strengthen surveillance of drug resistance and laboratory capacity. We are working with Mott MacDonald and UK Department of Health and Social Care to identify needs and to design, implement and test a series of learning events to support capacity building. This work takes place over the period 2018-2022 in Low-Middle Income Countries worldwide.
She is representing the OU in the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium that promotes, coordinates, and supports the provision of quality higher education in contexts of conflict, crisis and displacement through connected learning.
Koula has also led the following research projects:
Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An inquiry learning project. Funded by: British Academy Schools Language Awards, November 2015 - July 2016. Role: Principal Investigator
Creative approaches to Heritage Language Learning through mobile technologies. (partly) Funded by: Santander Universities UK, February 2014 - July 2015. Role: Principal Investigator
Prior to joining the Open University, Koula held a post as a Research Associate at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL) in Coventry University (November 2015-February 2017), where she worked extensively for a number of international and national projects related to learning in formal and informal settings. Specifically, she worked for the following projects:
Arts Gymnasium Project. Funded by: Esmee Fairbarn, in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre, Age UK Coventry (May 2016-on-going)
Immersive Telepresence in Theatre. Funded by: DMLL Innovation projects, Joint project with students and staff at Coventry University and University of Tampere (November 2016 - on-going)
Beaconing Breaking Educational Barriers with Contextualised, Pervasive and Gameful Learning project: Funded by: European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (December 2015 - September 2016)
ImparApp Pervasive Gaming for Language Learning. Funded by: DMLL Innovation Funds . In collaboration with the Coventry University’s Languages Centre (December 2015 - February 2017)
Open Badges. Funded by DMLL Innovation Projects. (November 2015 - February 2017)
Further to her academic posts, she have worked as a teacher in primary education in Cyprus for five years and as a language teacher in the UK for three years (Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture). She also has work experience as a Community co-ordinator in the Learning and National Partnerships Department at The British Museum (2012-2016). She was an Intern at Tate Britain (2007) and volunteered at the Science Museum London and the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art Gallery (2006).
- Charitonos, Koula; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Albuerne, Carolina. (). Evaluating the Frontline Immigration Advice Project. In: CALRG Annual Conference 2018, 18-19 Jun 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes.
- Charitonos, Koula (). Cultural Citizen Inquiry: Making space for the ‘everyday’ in language teaching and learning. In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: A fusion of citizen science and inquiry learning London: Taylor & Francis.
- Talhouk, Reem; Bustamante, Ana; Aal, Konstantin; Charitonos, Koula; Weibert, Ana and Vlachokyriakos, Vasilis. (). HCI and Refugees: Experiences and Reflections. Interactions, 25 (4) pp. 46-51.
- Charitonos, Koula (). Crossing over settings, practices and experiences: connecting learning in museums and classrooms. In: Looi, Chee-Kit; Wong, Lung-Hsiang; Glahn, Christian and Cai, Su eds. Seamless Learning: Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities Springer, pp. (In Press).
- Charitonos, Koula and Littlejohn, Allison. (). Learning in uncertain situations: an examination of tensions within a large-scale transformation programme in a HE institution. In: 9th International conference of the EARLI SIG 14 Learning and Professional Development: Interaction, learning and professional development, 12-14 Sep 2018, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
- Charitonos, Koula and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes. (). Community-based interventions for language learning among refugees and migrants. In: Refugees & HCI Workshop: The Role of HCI in Responding to the Refugee Crisis, Communities & Technologies 2017, 26-30 Jun 2017, Troyes, France.
- Jones, Ann; Scanlon, Eileen and Charitonos, Koula (). Learning across contexts: what the research says. In: Luckin, Rose eds. What the research says UCL Press (In Press).
- Charitonos, Koula; Charalampidi, Marina and Scanlon, Eileen. (). Using object-based activities and an online inquiry platform to support learners’ engagement with their heritage language and culture. In: CALL communities and culture – short papers from EUROCALL 2016, Research-publishing.net, Dublin, Ireland, 87-93.
- Charitonos, Koula; Morini, Luca; Arnab, Sylvester; Cervi-Wilson, Tiziana and Brick, Billy. (). Urban explorations for language learning: a gamified approach to teaching Italian in a university context. In: CALL communities and culture – short papers from EUROCALL 2016, Research-publishing.net, Dublin, 94-99.
- Morini, Luca; Charitonos, Koula; Arnab, Sylvester; Cervi-Wilson, Tiziana; Brick, Billy; Bellamy-Wood, Tyrone and Van Leeuwen, Gaetan. (). ImparApp: designing and piloting a game-based approach for language learning. In: 10th European Conference on Games Based Learning, 6-7 Oct 2016, Paisley, Scotland.
- Charitonos, Koula (). An investigation into the use of a microblogging technology in school trips to museums. PhD thesis The Open University.
- Charitonos, Koula and Charalampidi, Marina (). Designs for Heritage Language Learning: A Photography project in the UK Supplementary Education. In: Brown, Tom H. and van der Merwe, Herman J. eds. The Mobile Learning Voyage - From Small Ripples to Massive Open Waters: 14th World Conference, mLearn 2015, Venice, Italy, October 17-24, 2015, Proceedings Cham: Springer, pp. 198-216.
- Charitonos, Koula; Blake, Canan; Scanlon, Eileen and Jones, Ann. (). Museum learning via social and mobile technologies: (How) can online interactions enhance the visitor experience?. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43 (5) pp. 802-819.
- Charitonos, Koula; Blake, Canan; Scanlon, Eileen and Jones, Ann. (). Trajectories of learning across museums and classrooms. In: The Transformative Museum, 22-25 May 2012, Roskilde, Denmark.
- Charitonos, Koula. (). Museum Learning via Social Media: (How) Can Interactions on Twitter Enhance the Museum Learning Experience?. In: Learning, Media and Technology Doctoral Conference, 4/7/2011, London, UK.
- Charitonos, Koula. (). ‘Get up, stand up for your rights’: a research study investigating the use of social media for enhancing the museum learning experience. In: EARLI 2011-JURE Pre-Conference, 29-30 Aug 2011, Exeter, UK.
- Charitonos, Koula; Blake, Canan; Scanlon, Eileen and Jones, Ann. (). Museum learning 2.0: how (can) Web 2.0 technologies be used for enhancing the museum learning experience?. In: EVA London 2011: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, 6-8 Jul 2011, London, UK.
- Charitonos, Koula. (). Promoting positive attitudes in children towards museums and art: a case study of the use of Tate Kids in primary arts education. In: Museums and the Web 2010: the International Conference for Culture and Heritage Online, 13-17 Apr 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA.
|Evaluation of the Frontline Immigration Advice Project (FIAP)||2018 - 2019|
|Fleming Fund: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance||2017 - 2022|
|Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An Inquiry project||2016|
British Academy Schools Language Awards.Project: Close-Up on Heritage Language Learners: An inquiry learning project
Areas of expertise
- Member of the British Educational Research Association